In a battle on the wrestling mat between archrivals Oak Ridge and Ponderosa, it was the Bruins who came away with a 31-24 win Wednesday.
The dual between two evenly-matched teams could have gone either way, but Ponderosa won eight matches and the Trojans won six.
Keaton Subjeck, wrestling up a weight class at 182 pounds, won by pin, as did Brandon Claiborne at 138 pounds. Christian Portilla earned a major decision win at 113, while Ali Atebar at 160, Josh Ploke at 106 and Kevan Cryan at 152 won by decision.
Ponderosa won two matches by fall and another by major decision. Oak Ridge lost five matches by decision at 170 (Bishane Segal), 195 (Zach Claiborne), Sherman McVay (220), (Hwt.) Jacob Proul and 126 (Xavier Liongson).
Though Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan felt his team wrestled well, he said he felt they let a win slip through their fingers.
“We’re not where we need to be right now,” Rhyan said. “However, this team always peaks in the postseason and I know we will do so again. This team is much better than anyone expected them to be, including myself. They just need to realize how good they can be. We need to work harder than ever this last stretch of the season to reach our potential. If we can do that and everyone does their part, anything can happen with this group.”